Nobody Movie Review
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sylvestor Stallone. Keanu Reeves… Bob Odenkirk? Are you fu-kirking kidding me?
That’s right, folks. Odenkirk, the long-loved but oft overlooked character actor who arguably broke into the mainstream as Jimmy/Saul in Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, is your next great action hero.
Unlikely? Yes. Still absolutely fu-kirking badass? Most definitely.
In Nobody, Odenkirk plays Hutch, a seemingly mild-mannered and disrespected family man who reluctantly holds back when two robbers invade his home and, among other things, steal his daughter’s bracelet. But the incident triggers something inside him, a rage long kept dormant, that in turn causes ripple effects through the local mob scene. Unbeknownst to his enemies, Hutch is a former secret operative who is very, very effective at killing people.
If Nobody sounds a lot like John Wick, that’s because it is very similar to John Wick in many ways, even though the tone, plot, and fight scenes differ enough to allow it to stand on its own. Most importantly, though, Nobody is like John Wick in that it absolutely fu-kirking kicks ass.
Odenkirk may be an unlikely action hero, but he’s the perfect fit for the role, able to be both unassuming and highly menacing at the same time. One hopes Odenkirk doesn’t follow Liam Neeson down a similar career path (Liam, we love you, but please stop!), but if you sit through Nobody and don’t immediately want a sequel, there may be something wrong with you.
Nobody checks in at a lean 90 minutes, and kudos to director Ilya Naishuller for sparing not a second. The movie operates with intention and continuous momentum, deftly balancing brutal violence with the kind of charm, grace, and quirkiness you have come to expect from Mr. Odenkirk. The action, while not quite as visually bracing as the flashy sequences found in John Wick, is intense, gory, and immensely satisfying.
Oh... Christopher Lloyd is pretty baddass too. That's right. Christopher fu-kirking Lloyd.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.